A Seasoned SSDI Attorney at Your Side at All Times
To secure Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration must deem you to be disabled and decide that you meet other specified criteria. Without that designation, you will not receive benefits. The process can be complex and difficult – the attorneys at Crowe & Shanahan in St. Louis can help.
Focusing solely on Social Security disability claims allows us to give your case the attention it deserves. Your SSDI claim will be in the qualified hands of a seasoned attorney. For help, contact us online , or call us at 314-231-6660 or toll free at 877-213-7793.
The Right Representation Is Key
Selecting the right lawyer for your Social Security disability claim is the most important decision you will make. For over 20 years, we have helped residents of eastern Missouri and southern Illinois get the SSDI or SSI benefits they deserve. Our clients are people, not case numbers. We educate our clients on the complexity of the application and appeals process, including:
- Your family's eligibility to collect Social Security disability benefits
- Your options if you cannot afford a doctor's care
- Issues related to taxation of your benefits
Focused on Securing the SSDI Benefits You Need
Clients come first at Crowe & Shanahan. Your success is our success. When it comes to dealing with the Social Security Administration, we are your most dedicated and aggressive advocates. If you are entitled to SSDI or SSI benefits, we work hard to ensure you receive them, even helping you with any necessary appeals.
Types of Benefits Available
There are several kinds of disability benefits for which a person can be eligible. Depending on the facts, an applicant may be entitled to one or more categories of benefits including:
- Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) - Someone is eligible for these benefits only if he or she have paid a certain amount of Social Security tax over a period of time, enough to have disability insurance coverage in force. In general, a person must have worked and paid Social Security tax for about five out of the last ten years before the total disability began. People who get disability insurance also get Medicare, at any age, starting 30 months after their legal disability began.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - SSI can be paid whether or not a person has paid in enough Social Security tax to get disability insurance benefits. You must be disabled under the same rules as for disability insurance, or be blind, or be over 65. The applicant must also have very little income or property, because this benefit is based on financial need. Also, some children 18 or younger with a severe disability can get a monthly SSI benefit if their family income is low enough.
- Disabled Widow/Widower Benefits (DWB) - This is a special disability benefit for certain widows and widowers, based on the Social Security tax paid by his or her deceased spouse. In order to qualify, a person must be between the ages of 50 and 60 and have been married for at least 10 years to the person who was covered under Social Security at the time of his or her death. Also, the disability must have been severe enough to meet these rules within seven years of the spouse's death, with some exceptions for those already receiving other kinds of Social Security benefits.
- Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB) For this category, someone must be a relative of a person already receiving Disability Insurance or Retirement Benefits, or who died while covered for Social Security. The applicant must never have married, be at least 19 years old and must prove that total disability began before the month they turned age 22, and is continuing. The monthly benefit is based on a percentage of the parent's rate. This category comes with Medicare, too.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with an experienced lawyer regarding an SSDI or SSI claim, please contact us .
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